After suffering a horrific Achilles injury, Diego Carlos will reportedly still play “a substantial amount” of the season, according to Steven Gerrard.
After leaving Villa Park last week on crutches and wearing a protective boot due to an unfortunate tumble late in the 2-1 victory against Everton, the center-back underwent surgery in London on Thursday.
Carlos’s setback was updated by Gerrard, who stated: “Diego underwent surgery yesterday in London, and we’ve been informed the surgeon is very delighted with and it’s a success. Now, it’s crucial that recovery proceeds as efficiently as possible.
“After that, we’ll help him in any way possible both on and off the field. He has digested it and moved on.
He’s in a good place right now, and I believe that speaks volumes about his character and mental fortitude.
“I am certain that he will return stronger and better. It’s certainly a major setback and blow for me and the rest of the club.
When pressed for an estimated recovery time for the Brazilian, the manager responded, “He’ll play again this season, for sure. We have a lot of faith in that. It’s challenging to estimate how long this damage will last because, in this and most circumstances, surgery is rather simple.
“How the rehabilitation proceeds is vital, and you need to achieve your goals as you go along.
[Rehabilitation] is the most important part of this injury rather than the surgery but, for sure, he’ll still play this season and he’ll have a big chunk of the season as well.